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Published: 08/01/2012

High flying Tottenham Hotspur are homing in on a potential Barclays Premier League title bid and they will be confident of potentially closing the gap on leaders Manchester City when they host Wolverhampton Wanderers at White Hart Lane on January 14.

Barring the first two games of the campaign which saw Spurs crash to heavy defeats against both Manchester clubs, Tottenham have easily been the most consistent team in the top flight and may arguably be at the head of affairs had the London riots not damaged their 2011/2012 preparations and opening fixtures.

Harry Redknapp’s men currently sit a clear third in the table with a game in hand – just six points behind mega rich Manchester City who have themselves been in consistent, devastating form.

Moving into the New Year, Spurs can now focus all of their attentions on the Premiership following their exit from the Europa League and as they have shown since the end of August, they are going to take some serious stopping.

With seven wins and a draw from their nine home games to date this season, White Hart Late has become a real fortress and a catalyst towards their achievements so far.

Struggling Wolves will hardly be relishing the trip to North London and it looks unlikely that they will improve upon their dismal away record to date. Mick McCarthy’s men have recorded just one win on the road all season and have conceded on average two goals per game on their travels.

Such statistics do not exactly bode well going into this fixture against a side who are widely recognised as having the best midfield in the league – as well as a potent strike force which is capable of putting games to bed quickly.

Wolves can hardly be faulted for their attitude or determination and are respected wholly amongst the other teams in the division for being competitive, physical and hard to beat over ninety minutes. The visitors may now not be quite so resolute however following an injury to the influential Ronald Zubar – whilst at the other end, they continually struggle to find the net when it matters and have indeed only scored eight times away from home.

Providing Tottenham can resume from where they left off following the F.A Cup intermission at the beginning of January, a cosy three points for Harry Redknapp’s crew looks the only feasible and realistic outcome on the agenda.

Wolves are likely to be suppressed from all angles of the pitch and Tottenham’s pace down the flanks is a weapon which has put paid to sides of far greater ability and steel than Wolves.

Wolves must look to suffocate Rafael Van Der Vaart’s supply if they are to have any chance of staying in the contest until the latter stages – however that is easier said than done with Gareth Bale and Luka Modric also on the pitch.

The 3/10 about a home win is not exactly pretty to the regular punter however a Spurs half time/full time success at 4/5 should definitely be placed into any serious trebles or short accumulators.

A 3-0 and 3-1 home triumph also makes appeal at 15/2 and 10/1 respectively.



Any odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of publishing (08/01/2012) but are subject to change.

08/01/2012     © Frixo 2017

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